Health Protection Agency HPA has confirmed a further 209 new cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives as the infection rate continues to go up in the country.

In a tweet, HPA said that 101 new cases were reported from the Greater Male' Area alone while 73 new positive cases were confirmed from an industrial island.

HPA also said that 15 new cases were confirmed from inhabited islands while 6 were reported from operational resorts and 14 new cases were reported from liveaboards.

These new cases take the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 17,176. HPA had said there are 2,360 active cases of COVID-19 in the country and that 190 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized for further treatment.

HPA had added that 15,291 people have now recovered from the illness in the Maldives.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of 58 individuals in the country including 51 locals and 7 foreigners.

The country has been experiencing its worst pandemic wave at the turn of the year as health officials now believe that the different variants of the COVID-19 virus may have resulted in the high infection rate now being reported in the country.

With the threat of another lockdown looming, authorities have warned the public to keep taking all the necessary precautions in order to avoid another devastating lockdown.